Dutch natives, Johan Bouman and Pieter Franssens are the owners of Château de la Resle, a six-room B&B surrounded by 14 acres of gardens and orchards in France’s wine region of Burgundy. After having searched for a suitable property for over a year, it was love at first sight after unearthing this quintessential French chateau in 2005.
Located in the village of Montigny, near Auxerre, the ivy clad mansion was originally built in the 17th century, but was restored in the 19th century after it was destroyed by a fire. The exterior features traditional oeil-de-boeuf windows in the steep slate gables, picturesque white shutters and formal gardens.
Step inside the building however and you fast-forward a century or two. When Bouman and Franssens converted the property to a boutique hotel they kept a few of the original features such as oak paneled walls, baroque fireplaces and some antiques, but otherwise opted for a contemporary look that has earned them a special place in the Design Hotels portfolio
Dutch designer Roderick Vos is responsible for the kitchen, which features black powdered steel combined with untreated oak. Adept at utilising existing features and giving them a modern twist, Vos repeated the shape of the steel H beams that are used to hold up the first floor in the storage units and sink. He also designed other elements in the kitchen including the Saint Germain chopping boards.
Above: DLM (Don’t Leave Me Table) by Hay at Cult
Above: Cheese Board table by Chateau de la Resle
The whole property is a stunning mix of old and new, contemporary and comfortable. Bouman and Franssens have even made it possible to take the Château de la Resle experience home with you with a new collection of pieces they commissioned. Presented at the recent Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, and sold at the hotel on through its website, the collection features pieces designed by six Dutch designers including Limoges porcelain and Reinier Bosch handblown glass.
Bouman and Franssens brought their own collection of contemporary art to the hotel, which is featured throughout the property. They have also commissioned bespoke pieces from Dutch designers for the hotel, including the ‘table companions’ by Carolina Wilcke and a special collection of mirrored wardrobes designed by Intuition Factory.
About a Lounge Chair and Loop Stand Wardrobe by Hay at Cult